Leicester City owner's helicopter crashes leaving stadium

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A helicopter belonging to Leicester City football club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed in the club's auto park on Saturday evening, according to British media, with photographs posted on Twitter showing a fireball. Police cars and the emergency services rushed towards an area.

Leicester's Hospitals tweeted: "We are aware of the incident in the vicinity of the King Power Stadium and are supporting emergency services".

Multiple videos from the scene show a massive fire at the stadium's auto park and emergency services arriving.

Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett said the helicopter took off from the pitch, as it did after every game.

The club's owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, travels from the stadium via helicopter after each he attends.

Under Mr Srivaddhanaprabha's ownership, Leicester City won the Premier League in 2016, having started the season as 5,000/1 outsiders.

A club spokesman said: "We are assisting Leicestershire Police and the Emergency Services in dealing with a major incident at King Power Stadium".

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"We received a call at 8.38pm this evening to reports of a helicopter crash near King Power Stadium". It's over on the other side of the auto park, I don't think there were people there.

"It crashed into the vehicle park just a couple of hundred yards outside the stadium before bursting into flames", he said.

One witness said it appeared "the tail propeller wasn't working, putting it into a spin".

"There were plumes of huge grey smoke pouring out of the wreckage outside the auto park, outside the stadium".

"I hope they're OK".

Srivaddhanaprabha is the founder and chairman of King Power International, a Bangkok-based company that operates duty-free shops at airports in Thailand.

Leicester City defender Harry Maguire tweeted a video of the aftermath of the crash with praying hands emojis.

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